A Verdict Regarding the Saudi
by shiekh at-Tartoosee
I think it is not hidden from the likes of you what has happened and is now
happening in the Arabian Peninsula under the Saudi rule... If you would – may
Allah preserve you – direct the youths to what is obligatory for them to do,
especially since the government has begun to target the people of Iman and
Jihad, either by imprisoning them or killing them, and what happened to Shaykh
Yusuf al-'Uyayri is not far from us... So groups of the youths have now decided
to take revenge for what the Saudi government has done or will do. So some of
them have begun to buy weapons. And other groups of the youths fear that there
will be a repeat in the Arabian Peninsula of that which occurred in Algeria, but
at the same time they see that a great Fitnah and killing is about to take
place, especially if the Saudi government continues to restrict the people of
knowledge and Jihad. So they view that it is necessary for them to buy weapons,
from handguns to explosives, and to train with them in order to defend
themselves and their families in the event of a civil war or revolution or the
These youths have – among those who answer their questions and share their
concerns – 'Ulama' whom they trust in terms of their knowledge, and who live in
the Peninsula and witness the situation there and see it around them. However,
as you know – may Allah bless you – the houses of these 'Ulama' have been
besieged, and they have been led away to prison, to remain there for an
indefinite period. This is if they are convicted of rebellion.
And the government has even fabricated lies about these 'Ulama', for when they
arrested Shaykh 'Ali al-Khudhayr, Shaykh Nasir al-Fahd and Shaykh Ahmad al-Khalidi,
they broadcast that they found along with these Mashayikh weapons and
explosives! And before that, they accused them of founding a group called "The
Muwahhideen for the overthrow of the Saudi government", and that they had a hand
in the explosions that occurred in Riyadh, even though the Mashayikh – may Allah
preserve them – had denied both accusations!
O Shaykh, the youths are confused and afraid at the same time. For they fear for
themselves to even ask about what is obligatory upon them to do. And if they ask
someone, the one who is asked will usually shy away from the question, and will
summarise and not give details. The integrity of the Committee of Major Scholars
(Hay'at Kibaril-'Ulama') has fallen in the eyes of many of the youths, and they
look at any statement from the Committee of Major Scholars as if it is a
statement from the Interior Ministry or another Ministry... for this reason, we
hope that you will give us an explanation and advice.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
This is a big question... I wished that the Saudi regime would not push the
youths to the extent that they would be forced to send the like of this
question... and I have received many questions similar to it. I wished from the
Saudi regime – in observance of the sacredness of the two noble Haramayn, and
its peaceful worshippers – that it would not put itself in this position, and
that it would leave us alone as we have left it alone, but it has insisted on
brandishing the stick, and on mistreating us, and being an open enemy, and being
a helper to the Tawagheet of the infidels in the world against the Muslim
Muwahhideen from the people of the Peninsula and outside of it, in the name of
"fighting terrorism"... even though they themselves are the masters of terrorism
In order to answer this question, it is necessary to mention the following
 The Saudi regime is a mixture of Haqq (truth) and Batil (falsehood). The
Haqq aspect of it tends to be restricted to verbal claims, such as the outward
symbols of Tawhid on their flag, and their claim that they are an Islamic,
Salafi state, and that they implement the Islamic Shari'ah, and other than that
from the great claims that we wish they were truthful in... and these continue
to deceive many of the people!
As for their Batil, then it tends to manifest itself physically, in the real
world... and it is clearer proof of the reality of their regime than what they
claim with the tongue. And examples of this falsehood may be found in the
[a] It is a regime that does not rule by what Allah has revealed in every aspect
of life, particular and general, rather it is a regime that rules by what Allah
revealed in certain cases to the exclusion of other cases... it believes in part
of the Book and disbelieves in part... and this may be noticed easily by anyone
who would like to observe the Saudi legal system... and this contradicts many of
the Shar'i texts that obligate referring the judgement back to the Book and the
Sunnah in every aspects, as in the Saying of Allah (ta'ala) [meaning]:
"So if you differ in anything, then refer it back to Allah and the Messenger, in
you really believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better, and more
suitable for a final explanation."
So His Saying (ta'ala): "...in anything..." is a general term that indicates
anything and everything in which people might differ.
It is an immature regime, convinced – as it has been for a long time – that it
is not capable of relying on itself or its people for support,... So in the
past, Al Sa'ud stretched out their hands to the British in order to help them
strengthen their kingdom and authority against the Ikhwan movement, the
followers of Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abdil-Wahhab (rahimahullah) and others... to
the extent that the founder of the Saudi state used to receive a salary from the
British, as one of his own grandsons clearly stated.
And today – at the hands of the sons of 'Abdul-'Aziz – the regime throws itself
completely into the lap of Amer ica, going along with its policies, responding
to its every desire in exchange that it ( Amer ica) will protect and defend it
(the Saudi regime), and not abandon it or work to change it... even though the
Saudi regime – if it was sincere in its claim to Islam, and that it is the
protector of its territory – would be able, with the aid of its religious
population, and with the aid of the tremendous material resources it possesses,
to organise one of the mightiest armies in the world, able to strike fear into
the heart of Amer ica, an army possessing power and a firm 'Aqidah... however
unfortunately they have not done any of that.
Its position is that of any other Arab regime... it does no more than to prepare
an army to defend the ruling regime from its own people in the event of any
attempt to change or oppose it... upon the principle "a lion against me, but an
ostrich in war"!
[b][c] It is a racist, nationalist regime that allies or opposes on the basis of
relation with the nation. It divides rights and obligations among the slaves of
Allah on the basis of relation with the Saudi nation and its borders, and not on
the basis of relation with the 'Aqidah and the religion... in the same manner as
any other Arab regime.
And this is clear Kufr (Kufr Bawah) as the Saudi Permanent Committee (al-Lajnah
ad-Da'imah) for Ifta' have themselves said in one of their Fatawa: "Whoever does
not distinguish between the Jews and the Christians and the other infidels and
between the Muslims except by nationality, and makes all of their rulings equal,
then he is a Kafir."
And they were correct in that, however our question to these esteemed ones is
this: Is not the Saudi regime like this? Is it other than what you have
described? Is it not that the Kafir, Zindeeq (heretic) Saudi – because of his
nationality and his connection with the Saudi state – enjoys certain rights,
favours, and privileges that "Shaykhul-Islam" from outside Sa'udiyyah does not?
The problem of single unmarried women has reached its peak, yet along with that
– according to the law – the Saudi woman is not allowed to be married to a man
with whose religion and character she is pleased if he does not belong to the
borders of the Saudi nation... and likewise, the Saudi man is not allowed to
marry outside Sa'udiyyah until he has reached a certain advanced age, along with
fulfilling certain conditions, and after receiving special royal permission, for
which Allah has not sent down any authority... the Messenger of Allah
(sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam) spoke truly when he said: "If you do not (marry),
there will be Fitnah and widespread evil in the earth."
[d] It is a regime which along with its army has not shown any support – whether
real or pretended – towards any of the important issues facing the Muslims
today... Show me a single Islamic Jihadi movement that wished to establish an
Islamic life in their countries and lift the oppression of the Tawagheet, that
the Saudi regime or its army - not the Muslim Saudi population – provided help
Hundreds of massacres of the Muslims have occurred in their countries... the
lands usurped and the rights of the inhabitants violated... so what was the
stance of the Saudi regime and its army? Nothing! The most they could do is to
allow the Mashayikh to make Du'a' for the Muslims... or to collect a few
monetary donations to pacify the anger of the people, and send them to the
representative body of the state that is slaughtering the Muslims, as occurred
when they sent the donations of the Saudi people to the Muslims in Chechnya via
the murderous Russian state, so that it used this money to increase the
atrocities and massacres that it was inflicting on the Muslims!
Tell me – if only once – that the Saudi regime and its army have ever shown
anger for the sake of Allah and the 'Aqidah... just once!
The Hindus have been slaughtering the Muslims in India and Kashmir for years...
yet along with that, the Saudi regime maintains perfect diplomatic and
non-diplomatic ties with India !
The Muslims in Chechnya have been slaughtered at the hands of the Russian
crusaders for years... yet along with that, the Saudi regime maintains perfect
diplomatic ties with Russia !
The Muslims in the Philippines have been slaughtered for years at the hands of
the Philippine crusaders... yet along with that, the Saudi regime maintains
perfect diplomatic ties with the Philippines ! And it seeks a helping hand from
them, as if there was nothing wrong!
Amer ica invaded Afghanistan , and lately they invaded Iraq , and it is behind
every massacre that is perpetrated at the hands of the Zionist Jews in Palestine
... yet along with that, the Saudi regime maintains perfect diplomatic,
economic, military and brotherly ties with Amer ica ! And it gives away its
petrol to Amer ica and to other countries, all of whom supply the Zionist
occupation of Palestine ... and today the Saudi regime is leading the Arabs –
with all its pomp and arrogance – in a process of total surrender to the Zionist
state of the Jews!
Even communist China ... the Saudi regime has good diplomatic ties and
friendship with it!
The list is extensive... Bring me a single state that wages war against Islam
and the Muslims – and how many of them there are – from which the Saudi regime
ever cut relations with because of its waging war against Islam and the
Muslims... you will not find a single one!
A regime that shows no anger for the sake of Allah, not even once... and does
not show alliance and enmity for Allah's sake, not even once... how can it be
called Islamic? How?
How is it possible to harmonise between these facts and their claim that they
rule by the Book and the Sunnah?
[e] It is a regime that does not hide its clear allegiance to the enemies of the
Ummah in any battle that the enemy wages against the Ummah, and against Islam
and the Muslims... Here is Amer ica, waging a vicious war against Islam and the
Muslims, claiming that it is fighting "terrorism"... invading and occupying the
Muslim lands... yet along with that it receives nothing from the Saudi regime
except for concessions, and all types of support and aid... until it has even
prevented the Muslims from even making Du'a' against Amer ica in their Masajid!
And the news of the Amer ican military bases in the Arabian Peninsula is not far
off from us!
[f] It is a regime that has abolished Jihad in the Way of Allah, indeed erased
it from its vocabulary and thinking, it has waged war against its people and
hunted them down, imprisoned their 'Ulama', and put together an army that has no
other purpose but to protect the Saudi throne and the Saudi regime!
[g] The Saudi regime has entered into treaties, alliances, constitutions and
organisations stemming from the United Nations and others... all of which oppose
and contradict the Shari'ah of Allah (ta'ala).
[h] It is a regime that funds and hosts many TV channels that propagate
immorality and Kufr, and likewise it funds and hosts many newspapers and
magazines – national, international, and local – that propagate Kufr, atheism
and secularism, and their names are well-known among the people... and it
follows that it is responsible for them all, and everything that is propagated
and broadcast therein!
It is a regime that when the king is insulted, or his high status called into
question, the one who did so will be identified and dragged out from his hiding
place, and subjected to the severest kinds of torture and imprisonment and
penalties, and may even be killed... yet when Allah is insulted openly in broad
daylight – as in the worthless story "al-Karadeeb" written by the Saudi Zindeeq,
Turki al-Hamd, in which he said: "So Allah and the Shaytan are two faces of a
single invention"!! – he is left without any objection or account, free to roam
throughout the land as he wishes... and indeed, his books and stories full of
Kufr and heresy are allowed to be printed by the Saudi state with complete
Do you not see that if it was said: "Fahd or the crown prince and the Shaytan
are two faces of a single invention" that the writer would be able to sleep a
single night in his home? Or that his books would be allowed to be printed and
Is this how the "State of Tawhid " – as they claim – should be? The ruling king
is greater and higher in status than Allah (ta'ala) – may He be Exalted and
And if it is said: Maybe the king or the crown prince does not know all of this?
I say: So how is it then that they know about everyone who speaks about their
king and their ruler, or one of their princes, even if his speech is in secret
on the telephone... yet they are unaware of what is written, printed, and
distributed among the people?!!
Allah (ta'ala) spoke the truth about them when He said [meaning]:
[i]"And from the people are those who take rivals besides Allah, loving them as
they love Allah. And those who believe have more love for Allah. And if the
oppressors could see when they witness the torment, that all power belongs to
Allah, and that Allah is Severe in torment."
And He (ta'ala) said [meaning]:
"What is wrong with you, that you give no reverence to Allah, when He has
created you in stages?"
[j] The Saudi regime, represented by its rulers and princes, is instrumental in
usurping the wealth and resources of the Ummah. So a part of it is poured into
the pockets and the bellies of the rulers and princes, so that they can spend it
on satisfying their desires and lusts as they pleases... and they are above
being questioned or brought to account, no matter how much one of them might
spend... and they are above being asked: "Where did you get that?"...
And a bigger part of that is poured into the pockets and the interests of the
enemies of the Ummah... As for the helpless and oppressed people who cannot do
anything, they are left to feed of the scraps that fall from the tables of these
wasteful, oppressive Tawagheet!
So all of these faces together – and there are many more that we have not
mentioned – bring us to the certain conclusion that the Saudi regime is an
un-Islamic, Kafir regime... Islam is in one valley, and the regime of Al Sa'ud
is in another valley. Likewise, everyone who supports, protects, and defends
this regime from among the kings, princes and other than them from their
associates who carry out their will, they are all Kuffar and apostates. And it
is not befitting for anyone who knows the religion of Allah and who knows the
reality of this regime and its supporters to doubt this fact.
And what we say regarding the Saudi regime, we likewise say the same regarding
its oppressive army, for it is an army just like any of the other Arab armies,
put together for the sole purpose of aiding the Tawagheet and defending their
thrones and their interests. So it is an army that turns along with the desires
of the ruling Taghut, with its allegiance and enmity based on that... making
peace with whoever the Taghut makes peace, even if he is a Kafir at war against
Islam and the Muslims, and making war with whoever the Taghut makes war, even if
he is one of the best people on the earth.
It is unknown that it has ever waged a single battle in the Way of Allah,
despite the abundance of battlefields... So it is impossible that an army of
this description can be considered an Islamic army, even if most of its troops
and commanders establish the Prayer, for this might save an individual among
them, however it is impossible for us to describe or the army as a whole, with
its organisation and purposes, as Islamic or to rule it as Islamic, or that it
is the army that wages Jihad in the Way of Allah to make the Word of Allah
 The foregoing ruling on the regime is a general one, and it does not imply
by necessity the Kufr of everyone who argues on behalf of the regime or enters
into its supporters; and this is due to the many misconceptions and illusions
that people have regarding this regime, which are propagated by the Mashayikh
and agents of the Sultan... Therefore, in order to apply this ruling to
individuals it is necessary for the conditions of Takfeer to be fulfilled, along
with the absence of any nullifying factors.
For many of those who argue of behalf of this regime are unaware of the
realities that we have previously mentioned... and many of those who are aware
of them do not believe them... and many of those who do believe them are unaware
that they are Mukaffirah (i.e. take a person out of Islam and make him a
Kafir)... and many of those who know that they are Mukaffirah will say to you:
"I follow our great Mashayikh, they know more than me or you, and they have
given me a Fatwa different to what you have given and explained"... and all of
this needs to be taken into account when applying a ruling to individuals from
among the people who argue on behalf of this regime and on behalf of the
Tawagheet ruling this regime!
 It is not allowed to take the foregoing ruling on the regime and apply it to
the whole Saudi society or its organisations, for the Saudi society is a Muslim
society, and its people are predominantly religious and they establish the
Prayer, and to Allah belongs all praise.
 Some of the mistakes of the people of knowledge regarding this regime are
due to a number of matters:
[a] One of them is that many of the Mashayikh and Du'at see only the good side
of the regime, and they do not want to see from it other than this side, neither
to hear from it except from this side... Therefore, you see one of them when he
speaks, saying: "The Waliyyul-Amr – may Allah preserve him! – ordered the
building of the Masajid... and printing the Masahif... and building schools for
memorising the Qur'an... and he ordered the printing of such-and-such book at
his own personal expense..." And he will say more than once: "We rule by the
Book and the Sunnah... and all praise is due to Allah that He has granted us an
Imam and a king like this!"
And it has escaped these unaware ones, who have strayed and caused others to
stray, that the regime is incapable of doing more than the aforementioned
things... and what they have mentioned about their regime is also done and
claimed by many of the secularist, infidel Arab regimes, maybe moreso!
Another of them is that many of the Saudi Mashayikh and Du'at compare the
situation of the other Arab regimes, and how their people suffer from religious
persecution, with the Saudi regime... and one of them comes to the conclusion
that the Saudi regime is a thousand times better than those regimes... and from
there he begins to be happy with the regime, and maybe he might increase in his
attachment to it, so he goes astray and leads others astray!
And we admit that the Saudi regime, despite its faults that we mentioned before,
is better than many of the other Arab regimes... but this does not allow us to
attach ourselves to or be happy with a Kafir regime, even if it the least in
Kufr compared to the other regimes... So the issue in truth is a comparison
between Kufr and a greater Kufr, or between greater Kufr and a Kufr even greater
that it... and the issue does not go beyond this.
[b][c] Another of them is that there are those from among the Mashayikh and
Du'at who live outside Sa'udiyyah, due to their need to perform the obligation
of Hajj, and their affection for visiting the noble Haramayn, so you see them
preferring to keep silent regarding the crimes of the regime and its acts of
Kufr... and maybe they will compromise and exaggerate... so they go astray and
lead others astray... and there is no strength or power except with Allah.
 So if it is said: Does the Kufr of the regime necessitate going out (Khuruj)
against it? (i.e. fighting it and overthrowing it)
I say: Yes, from the Shar'i perspective it is Wajib (obligatory) to go out
against it, however from the practical perspective, this has certain conditions,
stages, and necessary preparations, and I do not see that it should be done
before the fulfillment of these conditions, stages and necessary preparations.
And one of them is that the idea of going out against the Kufr regimes should be
the dominant idea among the majority of the Muslims.
And until the time that these are fulfilled, there is no objection according to
the Shari'ah – if you find the ability and are safe from a greater evil
occurring – to acting on this, by eliminating – on an individual basis – those
whose Fitnah is threatening the lands and the people, from among the ruling
Tawagheet of Kufr and injustice, and putting the people and the land to rest
from them... for eliminating one of the ruling Tawagheet of Kufr and injustice
and removing him from the path of the people is easier than effecting a
rebellion and overthrowing the entire regime along with all of its special
 So if it is said: What about the Mabahith (the intelligence services), the
security services, the Mukhabarat, the agents of the regime... what is the
stance towards them?
I say: The Mabahith and the agents of the Mukhabarat are the guard dogs of the
Taghut who stay up to protect the Taghut and his rule and his oppression... I do
not advise dealing with them – nor with other than them from the guard dogs of
the rulers, except one whose Fitnah has grievously afflicted the land and the
people – especially in lands such as the Arabian Peninsula, for fear of widening
the circle of the conflict, falling into what is forbidden, frightening the
peaceful people – except in the case of self-defence... So if they catch up with
you, O brother Mujahid, and seek to kill you or imprison you and persecute you
away from your religion, then by all means deal with them... fight them with a
clear heart, facing them and not retreating, and if they kill you – while you
are defending yourself and your religion and your honour – then you will be from
the people of Paradise... and if you kill them – while they are implementing the
orders of the Taghut by killing you or arresting you or persecuting you away
from your religion – then they are in the Hell-fire, as is mentioned in the
With this I answer your question and the question of all of the other brothers
who asked questions similar to yours...
And all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.